Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is a somewhat common problem. It’s also common for patients to not even realize that they’re grinding their teeth. Since untreated bruxism can lead to extensive tooth damage, which will need repair in order to maintain your oral health, it's important to know that you're grinding your teeth.
Common Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
To help you figure out whether or not you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night, we have listed some common symptoms of teeth grinding below.
- Damaged teeth with chips, visible wear, or fractures
- Headaches, especially upon waking in the morning
- Tooth sensitivity or pain
- Tired or sore jaw muscles
- Facial pain
- Tiredness due to sleep disruption
TMJ Treatment in Arvada, CO
If you have any of the above symptoms or suspect that you are grinding your teeth for other reasons, you should inform our skilled dentist, Dr. Jesse Jenkins, so she can evaluate you for bruxism. Bruxism is often associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, so our knowledgeable dentist can also check for TMJ problems. We often treat both TMJ disorder and bruxism using a night guard, which protects your teeth. However, Dr. Jenkins has extensive experience in treating TMJ issues and offers our patients a variety of treatment paths. With her expertise, she can help you choose the best treatment plan for your specific situation.
Contact Five Parks Dental
Reach out to our friendly Arvada dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jenkins. At Five Parks Dental, we are here to help you successfully overcome bruxism and TMJ problems. We look forward to seeing you in our office!